Music for the soul

Dear Friends, spending more time at home has given me an opportunity to think about how meaningful hymns are to our faith journey as Christians and how soothing music is to our souls.  I'll be sharing videos periodically—piano, organ, Sanctuary Choir, soloists, ensembles, concerts, and more—which I hope will bring you comfort, peace and happiness.  God bless you.  Maggie

  • Take my hand, precious LorD

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    Take My Hand, Precious Lord

    Word and Music by Thomas A. Dorsey

    Setting by Joel Raney

    Colts Neck Reformed Church Sanctuary Choir

  • I AM Bound for the Promised Land

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    I Am Bound for the Promised Land

    Piano arrangement by Anna Laura Page

    Maggie Tripold - Piano

  • America the Beautiful

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    America the Beautiful

    Piano arrangement by Mark Hayes
    Maggie Tripold, piano


  • Precious Lord, Take my Hand

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    Precious Lord, Take My Hand was one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite hymns, so in his honor, Maggie Tripold plays an arrangement by Mark Hayes of this beautiful hymn.

  • Praise His Greatness

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    Praise his Greatness, piano arrangement by Mark Hayes

    Maggie Tripold, piano

  • Angels We Have Heard on High

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    Arranged by Christine D. Anderson and Jane Holstein

    Lyn Lewis, clarinet, and Maggie Tripold, piano

  • gesu, Bambino

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    Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon, arranged by Jay Rouse

    Maggie Tripold, piano

  • Duet Fantasy on Jingle Bells

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    Duet Fantasy on Jingle Bells - J. Pierpont/arr. Robert D. Vandall

    Scott Brown and Maggie Tripold, piano

  • Virtual Sounds of Christmas Concert

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    Listen to our handbell choirs, vocal soloists and ensembles, and instrumental soloists and ensembles perform Christmas music in a variety of styles just for you! 

  • Every Valley by John Ness Beck

    Colts Neck Reformed Church Sanctuary Choir

  • The Day Is Coming

    Music by Mark Miller, Text by Laurie Zelman

    Copyright 2017 by Choristers Guild

    Sung by the Colts Neck Reformed Church Sanctuary Choir

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, along with Scott Brown, Senior Minister, play a four-hand arrangement of "What Child Is This?", piano arrangement by Joel Raney.

  • Our organist and Sanctuary Choir director, Dave Tripold, PhD, Plays his own arrangement of "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" on the pipe organ in the Colts Neck Reformed Church.

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, plays "Simple Gifts", arranged by Mark Hayes.  "Simple Gifts" is a Shaker melody written in the 1800s by Elder Joseph Brackett from a Shaker village in Maine.  The song was made popular when Aaron Copeland used the melody in the score for the ballet, "Appalachian Spring" in 1944.  It is also the tune for the hymn "Lord of the Dance".

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, plays "Let There Be Peace on Earth", arranged by Mark Hayes.  Through the unrest in our country and around the world, it is important to remember that peace begins with each and every one of us.  

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, plays the old hymn "In the Sweet By and By". As we approach All Saints Day, many are missing and thinking about loved ones who have gone to heaven. This arrangement captures the many emotions that we feel—the sadness, but also the joy at looking forward to meeting again on this beautiful shore.

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, plays "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy. It is probably one of the most famous pieces written for the piano. The name means "moonlight".

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts at Colts Neck Reformed Church, plays something a little different for us this time. She usually plays hymns and hymn arrangements, but this time she plays "Over the Rainbow" from the movie "The Wizard of Oz", arranged by Mark Hayes.

  • Maggie Tripold, Director of Music and Worship Arts, along with Scott Brown, Senior Minister, play a four-hand arrangement of "This is My Father's World", arranged by Larry Shackley.

  • Maggie Tripold plays a piano arrangement of the triaditional American Melody "O, How I Love Jesus".  Len Simicich joins her on percussion.  Piano Arrangement by Craig Curry.

  • Maggie Tripold plays "Sweet Hour of Prayer", piano arrangement by Larry Shackley, as we turn more and more toward prayer during these unsetting times.

  • Maggie Tripold plays "Give Thanks".  Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the holy one, give thanks because he's given Jesus Christ - his only son. And now let the weak say, "I am strong", let the poor say, "I am rich" because of what the Lord has done for us. Give thanks!

  • Maggie Tripold plays "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/God Be With You ".  

    Piano arrangement by Heather Sorenson

    (She plays "Turn your Eyes Upon Jesus" for her beautiful sister, Jeannette.) 

  • Maggie Tripold plays a jazz/pop arrangement of an old hymn, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder".

  • Maggie Tripold plays a beautiful arrangement of the hymn "It is Well with My Soul".  Arranger Cindy Berry has set this beautiful hymn in the style and setting of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.

  • Maggie Tripold plays an arrangement of "Morning Has Broken" by arranger/composer Dan Forrest.

    "Morning is a wonderful time to listen for God's voice.  Not knowing what he has in store for us, it's a great time to listen and wait, and know that whatever it is, he is with us along the way."

  • An inspiring duet for organ and piano, played by Dave and Maggie Tripold in the the sanctuary of Colts Neck Reformed Church

  •  "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow..."                                              "Morning by morning new mercies I see..."

    Piano arrangement by Joel Raney


    Thomas Obediah Chisholm was born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. He received his education in a little country schoolhouse... Read more

  • Johannes Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2 pulls us into a world of dreamy nostalgia, quiet longing, and majestic, serene beauty.  Read more

  • "Old Time Religion is a traditional gospel song dating from 1873, and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is an African American spiritual prior to the Civil War.  The two are beautifully combined in this moving piano piece.  Read the stories behind the hymns

  • “Amazing Grace” is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries. The soaring spiritual describing profound religious elation is estimated to be performed 10 million times annually and has appeared on over 11,000 albums.  Read more

  • The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! On Easter Sunday, Christians around the world remember the resurrection of our Savior. Even though you most likely worshipped online, there is a good probability that you sang the hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” as we did as part of our Easter service at Colts Neck Reformed Church.  Read more

  • Just A Closer Walk with Thee was considered one of the favorite southern gospel hymns of the 20th century. However, its origins remain a mystery.   Read more


  • Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

    Praise him, all creatures here below;

    Praise him above, ye heavenly host;

    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


    Read the story behind the Doxology

  • Matthew 10:29-31: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."   Read the story behind the hymn

  • Looking back at our hymn sing last August, the most-requested hymn was "How Great Thou Art".  I've been practicing a new arrangement of the beloved hymn for the piano and wanted to share it with you.  Also, here is the story behind the hymn, which may give you some fresh insight the next time you sing it!  Read Story